Die Jovis, 24 Octobris, 1650.
Abuses in Prisons.
SIR Henry Mildmay reports from the Council of State
The Paper of Colonel Edmond Syler, concerning
Captain Welby: And the Letter of October Eighteenth
from the Commissioners of Yorksheire, together with a
Paper inclosed, touching Mr. Richard Hairebread, John
Browne, and Thomas Bridges, and Henry Hopkins Esquire,
Warden of the Fleet.
Ordered, by the Parliament, That it be referred to a
Committee, to consider of and examine this Business;
and report to the House, the true State thereof, and their
Opinion, what they think fit to be done therein, on Tuesday next; and to consider of Abuses and Misdemeanors
of Keepers of Prisons; and how to regulate the said
Abuses, that the Law be not defrauded: Viz. to Colonel
Marten, Mr. Carew, Sir Tho. Wroth, Major General
Harrison, Mr. Weaver, Sir Henry Myldmay, Alderman
Allen, Sir John Bourchier, Mr. Clement, Colonel Wauton,
Mr. Solicitor General, Mr. Hill, Colonel Jones, Mr.
Moyle, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Frye, Mr. Nevill, Major Salwey, Mr. Blagrave, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Long, Mr. Hey,
Mr. Miles Corbett; or any Five of them: And all that
will come to have Voices: And to sit this Afternoon in
the Exchequer Chamber; and so de die in diem: With
Power to send for Persons, Witnesses, and Papers; and
to bring in an Act for regulating and preventing such
Misdemeanors and Abuses for the future.
And the special Care hereof is referred to Mr. Solicitor General.
Bailiffs, &c. Accompts.
Mr. John Corbett reports Amendments to the Bill for
easing the Charges of Lords of Liberties, and their
Bailiffs, in passing their Accompts in the Exchequer:
Which were twice read, and agreed.
A Proviso was tendered to this Bill, to this Effect:
"Provided, That this Act, or any thing therein contained, shall not extend, nor be construed to extend, to
the establishing or confirming of any pretended Liberties,
Privileges, or Franchises, which have not been exercised
and enjoyed, without Interruption or Disturbance, by any
Lord of such Liberty or Franchise, for Ten Years before
the Beginning of this present Parliament:" Which was
The Question being put, That these Words in the
Proviso; viz. "without Interruption or Disturbance;"
It passed with the Negative.
Resolved, That the Words "for Ten Years," be
Amended; and made "within Ten Years."
Resolved, That this Proviso, so amended, be Part of
Resolved, That this Bill, so amended, be ingrossed.
Ordered, That the Business concerning the Weavers of
Norfolk and Norwich be reported, and taken into Consideration, on Tuesday Morning next, the first Business;
nothing to intervene.
Law Proceedings against Soldiers.
An Act for Stay of Proceedings, in Courts of Justice,
against the Soldiers, now in the Service of the Parliament
in Scotland, was this Day read the First and Second time.